Career planning is essential in this current climate, yet many people still do not make an effective career plan.

If you don’t have a plan, don’t be surprised where you end up! 

Can you imagine starting a business with no idea of what you are going to be doing next year, in 5 years or in 10 years time? Would it not make more sense to plan ahead and set targets that you can aim for and use to measure your progress?

The same logic applies to your career choices. By taking control of your life and planning for the future, you are more likely get ahead of the competition, because you know where you want to be and how to get there.

Why career planning is essential

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If you are unsure which college course to take or which degree is best for you; or maybe what to do with your hard earned qualifications, then taking Career Tests might be a great means of deciding the right career paths that are best suited for you.

Planning your career doesn’t have to be hard at all. Just take the time to ask yourself, family and friends what you are good at, and then use the information to highlight your strengths. By simply doing this you can identify new job opportunities that you had not previously considered.

Does your current CV/resume need to be revised to highlight the skills and experiences you can offer an employer?

Just by writing down the changes you need to make, you may identify areas that you need to address. This can be the start of you creating your own career development plan.

Make a list of:

  • Your ultimate goal
  • Your current skills
  • Skills you would like to gain
  • Your current qualifications
  • Further qualifications you would like to gain
  • Time-frame you think you can achieve this

That is how simple it is to start constructing your own plan.

Look at the example of a Personal Development Plan then when you feel you are ready, download a Career Development Plan template and follow the instructions.

We hope you found this article on career planning useful.

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